Updated: Jun 29, 2020
I woke early one morning, excited about the amazing day I had planned for myself the night before. I decided that I need some time just for me. No work, no volunteering duties, no appointments, just me and my wonderful day. There would be conversations with God and coffee! Next, off to the granddaddy of all hangouts…Barnes and Noble bookstore. Just as I am ready to hit the door, the phone rings…there’s a storm on the other end.
Sometimes we can end up in other people’s storms. It can cause great frustration. The storms rage angrily, tossing and turning everything around. When we get caught in one of these rip tides, it can take a physical hold over your body- muscles tighten, temperatures escalate, emotions flare up, and your stomach does turns like you are in the middle of a Euroclydon.
Why am I here in the middle of this? This is not my issue!
Sometimes we end up in the storm to be a witness to someone. When people are at their most vulnerable, they need an illustration of what it looks like to be above the storm. They may not respond immediately, but it will be there when they can see clearer. Above the storm the wind is calm, the sky is clear and the sun rays are shining through the clouds. Other people’s storms are the preparations for the storm that will rage in our lives. It is inevitable, they will come.
I still get nervous when flying to very destinations. I love that the airplane will get me to my destination faster, but the anxiety of being so far away from the ground still gives me butterflies. The butterflies flutter more when leaving during a storm. Then the pilot comes on and assures us that once we reach cruising altitude, we will be well above the storm. Sometimes we need to help others get above the storm, to a cruising altitude.
We are wired to need and be needed by others. Sometimes the best thing you can do when a Euroclydon of a storm is raging is to stay calm and be still. Although this is an opportunity to be offended by people’s reaction to their pain or other emotions that the storm brings, this is actually an excellent opportunity to show kindness, empathy, and compassion towards others. Encourage and build one another up. The signal may not be clear when attempting to get your verbal message across in the storm, but you can always ask the Holy Spirit to communicate it for you. In other words, encourage and build them up in prayer.
In this case, the storm is not about you, it’s about them. Many times people do not know how to control their storms and we get caught up in the winds, rain, lightning, and hit by flying debris in the form of their strife and pain. As a matter of fact, these moments happens to all of us at some point in our lives. This is the moment where we need to take a step back, breathe deep and look at this situation with our heart-mind and not so much with our directive-mind. In other words, this is the time to show compassion for the person. Aimee Halpin said it best; to be compassionate is to be aware of others’ suffering and having a desire to see it relieved.
But what I think is so amazing is that in spite of it all, you will survive. No matter how deadly, dangerous or terrifying the situation may seem, there is something inside of you that is stronger than the storm.